Mosquitoes near WilCo park test positive for West Nile

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July 11, 2020 - 9:31 am
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WILLIAMSON COUNTY (Talk1370.com) -- A sample of mosquitoes collected from a trap near a Williamson County park has tested positive for West Nile Virus, county officials announced Friday.

The trap is located near the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, near FM 1431 and County Road 175. The sample was collected Thursday, with a positive test result coming back Friday, officials said.

The testing is a part of the Williamson County and Cities Health District's mosquito management program. Parks staff will continue their mosquito control efforts, while health officials will continue enhanced monitoring and testing.

Because of the proximity to the park and nearby neighborhoods, health officials are encouraging everyone to be especially vigilant about protecting themselves from mosquito bites when outdoors – and preventing mosquito breeding on their personal property.

County officials say you can take the following precautions:

  • Defend by using an EPA-approved insect repellent
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors, especially at dusk and dawn
  • Drain standing water in flower pots, pet dishes, or clogged gutters so mosquitoes don’t have a place to breed
  • If water can't be drained, treat it

The last human case of West Nile Virus in Williamson County was reported in 2017.

More information is available on the WCCHD website at www.wcchd.org, or the Texas Department of State Health Services' West Nile website at www.txwestnile.org.

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